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Loeb takes gold on the 'Italian Job'.

Kris Meeke had held the runners-up spot since yesterday, but he crashed his Opel Corsa off the road on the first stage this morning. Dimitar Iliev was third in his Peugeot. Series leader Brice Tirabassi retired his Renault Clio with electrical trouble earlier in the rally and now holds just a three-point lead from Canellas with two rounds to run. Daniel Carlsson – who also retired – and Britain's Guy Wilks are joint third.

Of the non-official drivers, Cedric Robert was ninth in his private Peugeot with Roman Kresta taking a similar car to 11th, both ahead of Auriol's works Skoda.



Rally statistics - Leg 3:

Starters: 39 crews (30 Group A and 9 Group N) restarted this morning.

Top retirements: Gronholm (FIN), Katajamaki (FIN), Meeke (GB).

Today - Sunday 5 October: Leg 3 started from Sanremo at 07h00 and covered 333.56km, including 96.12km on four stages.



Stage by stage summary - Leg 3:

SS11 Vignai 1 (26.54kms):
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 18m 00.7
2. Martin (EE) Ford 18m 04.2
3. Duval (B) Ford 18m 07.5

Leaders after SS11:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 3h 25m 01.4
2. Martin (EE) Ford 3h 25m 48.1
3. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 26m 19.4

SS12 Colle d'Oggia 1 (21.52kms):
1. Martin (EE) Ford 16m 00.1
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 16m 02.0
3. Sainz (E) Citroen 16m 09.1

Leaders after SS12:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 3h 39m 06.6
2. Martin (EE) Ford 3h 39m 46.8
3. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 40m 23.2

SS13 Vignai 2 (26.54kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 19m 42.6
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 20m 02.6
3. Loeb (F) Citroen 20m 10.9

Leaders after SS13:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 3h 59m 17.4
2. Martin (EE) Ford 3h 59m 59.8
3. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 4h 00m 25.8

SS14 Colle d'Oggia 2 (21.52kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 15m 59.6
2. Tarantino (I) Renault 16m 16.9
3. Bernardi (F) Renault 16m 50.8

Leaders in Sanremo after SS14:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 4h 16m 33.7
2. Panizzi (F) Peugeot +28.3
3. Martin (EE) Ford +54.6
4. Sainz (E) Citroen +2m 33.2
5. Duval (B) Ford +2m 58.9
6. McRae (GB) Citroen +4m 23.8
7. Burns (GB) Peugeot +7m 09.5
8. Bugalski (F) Citroen +7m 12.6
9. Robert (F) Peugeot +7m 26.7
10. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +7m 32.2

FIA JWRC leaders after SS14:
1. Baldacci (RSM) Fiat 4h 43m 22.6
2. Canellas (E) Suzuki +5m 21.8
3. Iliev (BG) Peugeot +6m 39.5
4. Teuronen (FIN) Suzuki +8m 39.2
5. Cecchettini (I) Fiat +11m 45.2
6. Wilks (GB) Ford +17m 10.4
7. Feghali (RL) Ford +21m 18.0



Final rally statistics:

Event: The rally covered 1375.86km, including 387.36km on 14 special stages (including seven run twice). All stages were on asphalt roads closed to other traffic.

Starters:
54 crews (34 Group A and 10 Group N) started the rally.

Finishers: 36 crews (27 Group A and 9 Group N) finished the rally.

Stage winners:
Loeb (SS1-2-5-6-11)
Martin (SS3-4-7-8-9-10-12)
Panizzi (SS13-14)

Rally leaders:
SS1-SS14 Loeb


FIA World Rally Championships:

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 11 of 14 rounds): Burns (GB) 57, Loeb (F) 55, Sainz (E) 53, Solberg (N) 48, Martin (EE) 43, Gronholm (FIN) 38, C. McRae (GB) 36, Makinen (FIN) 21, Rovanpera (FIN) 18, Duval (B) 15, Panizzi (F) 14, Gardemeister (FIN) 9, Auriol (F) 4, Robert (F) 3, A.McRae (GB) 3, Hirvonen (FIN) 3, Schwarz (D) 3, Tuohino (FIN) 2, Loix (B) 1, Ginley (GB) 1, Lindholm (FIN) 1, Bugalski (F) 1.

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 11 of 14 rounds): Citroen 125, Peugeot 121, Subaru 76, Ford 71, Skoda 21.

FIA Junior World Rally Championship(after 5 of 7 rounds): Tirabassi (F) 28, Canellas (E) 25, Carlsson (S) 18, Wilks (GB) 18, Aava (EE) 16, Baldacci (I) 12, Katajamaki (FIN) 10, Ligato (RA) 10, Teuronen (FIN) 10, Broccoli (RSM) 9, others.

FIA Production Car World Championship (after 6 of 7 rounds, this event not counting): Rowe (GB) 37/5, Arai (J) 30/5, Singh (MAL) 30/6, Blomqvist (S) 26/5, Sola (E) 22/5, Ligato (RA) 13/5, others.


Next event - October 15-19: Rallye de France-Tour de Corse.





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